Each year I highlight 10 treatments that we fabricated for clients from the previous year. 2012 was a year of experimenting with embellishments and focusing on detail. I hope you enjoy these offerings. Leave a comment to let me know which one(s) you like!
1) PATTERN MATCHING FOR A SMOOTH, CUSTOM DESIGN: Carolyn Campbell of Carolyn Campbell Interiors designed this cheery kitchen window treatment. The fabric is hand-printed. Carolyn came to our workroom when it was time to decide on the design of the valance. After playing with several options, a simple box pleated valance with perfect pattern matching was chosen. LuLu and Holly like their new window treatments!
2) BOX PLEATED SHOWER CURTAIN WITH SILK ROUCHING: Here is a new way we’ve been making shower curtains. We install a small grommet in the back of the box pleat and the shower ring fits into the grommet for a clean, smooth look. We learned the hand-gathered silk rouching technique when we took Leslie Fehling’s High End Embellishment Workshop in Pennsylvania. This rouching took about 2.5 hours to make and attach.
3) DOUBLE BANDED SILK DRAPERIES: These “French Vanilla” Silk draperies have a 2″ sage green banding and a 1/2″ burgundy flange with mitered corners. These curtains are lined, interlined, hand hemmed and pleated. Chelsea Frazer, Allied ASID is the designer for this project.
4) CUSTOM-MADE HORIZONTAL STRIPED LINEN CURTAINS WITH GROMMETS: For this boy’s room, designer Mitzi Maynard, owner of Redo Home & Design, wanted to bring in the favorite color of red yet keeping with the look of his favorite pillow. Mitzi specified that a 4″ top stripe would be the perfect accent with grommets inserted in the center of the stripe. We sewed together the white and red linen fabrics for one-of-a-kind curtains, adding blackout lining and hand hemming.
5) PILLOWS WITH CELTIC BANDING DETAIL: This year we had the opportunity to make two different styles of Celtic Banded Pillows. The first pillow is made with Schumacher “Blanc” Silk, boxed and piped with a micro self-welting. The silk banding is made with RM CoCo’s Silk “Walnut” and what I love about this one is that the pattern continues on the boxed portion of the pillow. The back is also treated with the same design. We entered one of these pillows in the Silent Auction at the Annual ASID State Conference and the lucky winner was Jennifer Jones, Allied ASID.
These linen pillows with linen Celtic banding are a modified design taken from a pillow we saw on Mrs. Phoebe Howard’s website.
6) RELAXED LONDON SHADE and SHAPED CORNICE: Christine Kaufman designed both the Relaxed London Shade and the Shaped Cornice with Nail Head Trim (below). The Relaxed Roman was made with a beautifully embroidered sheer linen, lined and interlined in white. It looks fabulous over the pedestal bath tub.
Christine Kaufman also designed this Sitting Room, along with the Cornices. I love the 3/4″ brushed nickel nail head detail. Don’t ask me how many nail heads got bent while hammering them into place and had to be tossed!
7) CONTEMPORARY FAUX SILK CURTAINS: Mitzi Maynard designed these gray faux silk, blackout lined curtains to be installed behind the exposed duct work. There was a maximum of 3″ clearance on the left side and about 5″ on the right. The installer had to bring in his speciality equipment to get this installed, but it was worth it.
8) This client wanted silk draperies to accent their eyebrow arched dining room window. After sketching a few ideas and presenting two computer software renderings (see Storyboard rendering below), they chose this design of full draperies with relaxed top, swept back on holdbacks and puddling on the floor. The luscious RM CoCo silk was interlined, lined with a neutral putty-color lining, hand hemmed and installed on Paris TX drapery hardware.
Dining Room Storyboard, Design by Camille Moore
9) SLIPCOVERING CHAIRS: 2012 was a year for making several slipcovers. Here are two that we made. The first one, designed by Kathleen Evers, was made for the 2012 Parade of Homes. She specified a small flange for the cushion instead of piping, and ties at the corners where the skirt started.
These armed Parson’s chairs were designed by Dana Goodman. We centered the pattern and matched patterns at the skirt, etc.
10) SELF-LINED SHEER LINEN: These self-lined linen sheers were designed by Chelsea Frazer, installed on ceiling track and split into six panels for ease of controlling light and heat. The whole look of the Gallery changes as the diffused light casts a cool haze over the space.
Here’s a “Before” photo. This gallery was impossibly hot for the homeowners. These self-lined sheers offer a remarkable ethereal feeling and the temperature is now pleasant!
I hope you enjoyed our look back to 2012’s Top 10 design projects. Let me know if you have any questions or let me know your favorite design.